Kemin launches antimicrobial for ready-to-eat meat and poultry

By Melodie Michel

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US food safety company Kemin has launched a propionic acid-based antimicrobial to protect ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products from listeria.

Kemin claims BactoCEASE offers a cost-effective alternative to help control listeria, reduce microbial spoilage, extend shelf-life and increase the safety of RTE meat and poultry products.

William Schroeder, director of research and development for the food technologies division of Kemin, said: “Until now, meat manufacturers have only had one primary option for listeria control — lactates. BactoCEASE is a cost-effective lactate alternative on the market that has scientifically sound research demonstrating excellent, more consistent performance in controlling listeria in RTE meat and poultry when compared to lactates.”

According to the company, lactates perform inconsistently in deli-style meats, and BactoCEASE can provide better prevention with lower application rates, resulting in lower ingredient costs and improved operational efficiency.

“In addition, BactoCEASE has no negative impact on the flavour of RTE meat and poultry products and also contributes to a lower level of sodium in the finished product,”​ Kemin added.

Kemin has also submitted a petition to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requesting it to list liquid sodium propionate as an acceptable antimicrobial agent for use in RTE meat and poultry products.

“Propionic acid, the active ingredient in sodium propionate, is a time-tested ingredient that is used in various FDA-regulated food products, including the tortilla industry where it is considered a standard and highly effective antimicrobial,”​ the company said.

BactoCEASE will be able to be used on RTE meat and poultry products without an in-plant waiver once the commenting period is over and the USDA approves the amendment.

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